More and more people were using digital files on iPads, PCs, Macs, streamers of all sorts, so it was quite frustrating to see just a few CD players and a reasonable quantity of turntables. Here is my selection.
The British contingent: Naim and Cambridge Audio
A treat to finish this post: Wilson Audio, dcs Vivaldi, Clearaudio and D'Agostino
This is - give or take a few components - Ken Kessler's reference system. He calls the D'Agostino suite of products the best amplification in the World. We listened to a French percussionist that I carried around the Show - virtually - on a USB stick. It is a live recording and although it is "only" 16/44.1Khz it is one of the most amazing recording I have heard - period! It was sent to me with my old buddy, Alain Wacquet, who knows the artist personally. There is a passage where there is quite a rolling of drums and the D'Agostino got a bit of a workout...see photo of the power meter below. And I couldn't capture the highest peak 2/3 to the right...
It was certainly an amazing rendition and for my first encounter with that combination of two iconic products, I was certainly not disappointed, but...you will have to come back tomorrow for a bit of a surprise!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.